Playful ideas for your baby’s first Valentine’s Day. These hands-on Valentine’s Day Activities for your baby or toddler will make your heart melt and create keepsakes to treasure and share with loved ones.
Here’s how to make your baby’s first Valentine’s day special…
- Heart Exploration Activity
- Heart Cookie Cutters Art Activity
- Felt Hearts Activity
- Heart Scribbles Art
- Heart Prints with Cookie Cutter
- Butterfly Valentine with Printable
- Easy Valentine crafts for one year olds!
- Love Bug Footprint T-Shirt
- Valentine Butterfly Craft for Kids
- Valentine Snack Time for toddlers and preschoolers
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Take a peek at simple ideas for playing with hearts at home this Valentine’s Day with your baby.
Hands-On Activities for your Baby and Toddlers to enjoy and create for Valentine’s Day!
It’s hard to believe my littlest one is going to celebrate her second Valentine’s Day. Last year we were taken sweet pictures of her the size of a chocolate box and this year we’re playing with chocolate boxes.
My oldest daughter was 6 months old for her first Valentine’s Day. She was in love with the box of chocolates. Are you ready for some adorable Valentine’s Day Crafts for Babies?
Here are some heartfelt activities that I know your little ones will enjoy!
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Heart Exploration Activity
Babies love to explore! Let them explore the new things around your home for Valentine’s Day. The empty box of chocolate can be the newest toy that they love to open and shut and open and shut and hide their toys inside.
Heart Cookie Cutters Art Activity
The heart cookie cutter you found on clearance after Valentine’s Day can become a manipulative toy that they love putting in and out of the metal bowl (our favorite toy at our house).
Finding things around the house shaped like hearts and talking about them provides discovery and stimulation and vocabulary for your baby’s development.
I hope to make a few heart photo blocks this week too, inspired by our Make Your Own Baby Blocks.
Felt Hearts Activity
It’s always fun to give your baby something new to explore. We’re using Felt Hearts for playtime. I cut out some felt hearts in various sizes so that we could explore the hearts. I also gave her a container to keep them in. I made sure to make the hearts in both matching colors and shapes so that she could find the same.
Creating learning opportunities to sort objects and demonstrate new vocabulary; is important at any age. We used words like big, small, same, different, red, pink, and purple.
They would make a cute Valentine gift for your child!
Felt Sweets and Fabric Bowl we received this adorable Handmade Gift for her 1st birthday that she loves. It’s a great idea for Valentine’s Day too for your little ones!
Felt Sheets 12 x 8 Inches, 40 Colors Craft Felt Fabric Sheet Felt Squares
Heart Scribbles Art
We just started making our First Scribbles (check out our post for more info).
This time she had fun using the container to hold her crayons in. She was so engaged in putting the crayons in and out of the crayon holder.
She would take the crayon out and put it onto the paper and scribble and then put it back in. I tried to make a big deal out of when she would put it on the paper so she would start to process what to do. She loved it!
I took her scribbles and cut out some Hearts in various sizes to decorate for Valentine’s Day. Then we took the hearts and glued them onto a piece of paper to create butterflies.
We hung them up on our fridge but you can also make Valentine’s Day cards for Daddy or Grandparents with them.
When we glued them I made sure not to put glue on the end so that their wings could lift up off the paper as though they are flying.
Here’s how our Butterfly Hearts from Scribbles turned out.
Heart Prints with Cookie Cutter
We explored using a heart cookie cutter to make prints with washable paint. I added a few drops of soap into our already washable paint to make it a little bit easier at clean-up time.
Before we started using the cookie cutter I gave her some time the day before to play with it.
It’s important to let your child experience the art supply before expecting them to create something with it.
100 Heart Doilies, 24 Pieces Foam Hearts and 2 Bags of Foam Heart Stickers
Butterfly Valentine with Printable
Create an adorable valentine to share with loved ones for your child’s first Valentine’s Day with this Butterfly Valentine using the outline of their foot.
I’ve included a few cute phrases that you can print out and attach too. Download here.
Easy Valentine crafts for one year olds!
Love Bug Footprint T-Shirt
I couldn’t resist using her foot one last time to make a little Valentine’s Day T-Shirt to wear. I just dipped her foot into red fabric paint and put it onto a Onesie.
Then I took a sponge heart stamp and stamped the wings onto my Love Bug! Simple but turned out super cute for our little Love Bug. You could easily make this into a card too.
Valentine Butterfly Craft for Kids
We sent little Valentine’s off to Grandparents and Aunts and Uncles. We made little Valentine Butterflies by tracing my daughter’s foot. Then we attached heart doilies for the wings and eyes to the footprint. We attached this little Valentine phrase too.
I love that both of my girls were able to do this craft together and send them off to family.
Baby’s First Valentine Craft Ideas
Simple Valentine’s Idea just create a handprint on a heart doily, great for siblings too! Then write a little keepsake message at the bottom. If you want to add a little more heart fun, you can put a foam sticker in the middle of the paper first and then remove it after the fact to leave a heart outline.
Have fun with each of these baby crafts for Valentine’s Day!
Valentine Snack Time for toddlers and preschoolers
We enjoyed our Heart Breadsticks from Little Hands That Cook with Books. If you haven’t checked it out you might want to for a little special snack for family or friends. My daughter loved the heart bread stick and they were super simple!
Valentine’s Day Shopping List for your Baby’s First Valentine’s Day
- Doilies Multipack Valentine
- 3 Piece Hearts Cutter Set
- Tulip Soft Fabric Paint Kit
- Crayola Washable Kid’s Neon Paint Set
- Steel Fun Pail, Hot Pink
- Acrylic Felt Value Pack – Red, Fuchsia, Dark Pink, White
Hope you enjoy this special time with your baby. Take the moment to really see your baby and loved ones. Validate them and express to them that they are a person who’s important to you. Taking the time to say “I Love You” with hugs and kisses and smiles.
I promise you, your child will love you forever for those moments and grow up happy, confident and loved!
You know what’s best for your child and are your child’s first and most important teacher.
Looking for more ways to have fun on Valentine’s Day with your child? Check out our 101+ Valentine’s Day Activities for Kids!
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The Educators’ Spin On It Activities are suggestions to play with your child with together. Please use at your own risk and provide adult supervision at all times.
Out of Time Mom says
I love these ideas! Thank you for sharing. I'm linking to it on my site.
Kim @ The Educators' Spin On it says
Thanks for sharing Out of Time Mom! Hope you have a special Valentine's Day.
This is adorable & she is adorable! Thanks for letting me know about it on my Love Bug post!!! Pinning this to remember for next year. The poem is cute too!
Kim @ The Educators' Spin On It says
I pinned your Love Bug Footprint on our Pinterest Board Artsy Mama, it's so cute and many are loving it! http://pinterest.com/pin/79798224617336367/
Love the use of doilies! So creative. Vicky from Mess For Less
Lisa Buckland says
i love the felt hearts and cookie cutters and empty chocolate box ideas, so simple x
I’m including a link to this post in my business newsletter as my “Baby Corner” feature for February- thanks for the great round up of Valentine’s sensory activities!
Kim Vij says
Thanks Shannon for the mention!